ACWA Power's Bokpoort Concentrated Solar Power plant breaks African record
- ACWA Power, a leading programmer, investor and operator of power generation and also desalinated water plants worldwide, announced Wednesday that its South African Bokpoort CSP plant has come to be the very first eco-friendly facility in the continent to complete a complete week of continual night and day operation.
Bokpoort CSP established the brand-new African continental standard accomplishing 13 days (312 hours) of continuous operations on Oct. 23, 2020, which equates to approximately 13GWh of power supply to the grid at an energy tons aspect of 83%, as well as 20 hrs of full lots procedures everyday (with a 50MW wind turbine) similar to base-load innovations-- nearly double the previous record it had embeded in March 2016.
This accomplishment was made possible by efficiently taking care of 9.3 hours of the thermal salt storage system overnight, which enabled a flawlessly timed transition to the solar field every early morning for the whole period of this effort.
The plant delivered the greatest ever production for the months of August and September as well as has actually remained to deliver an outstanding performance in October 2020, attaining an all-time greatest daily record of 1028MWh earlier this month, in spite of global obstacles as well as lockdown method occurring from the COVID19 pandemic.
The 50 MW concentrated solar power (CSP) plant with thermal storage space was commissioned during the 2nd bidding process window of South Africa's Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Programme (REIPPP) as well as has been setting consistent records, since beginning of its business procedures in 2016.